Kajiado auctions goats to aid needy families access NHIF

Kajiado County Government in conjunction with National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has launched a health coverage initiative dubbed Mbuzi Moja, Afya bora aimed at supporting universal health care in the county.

Presiding over the launch, the Deputy President, William Ruto termed the initiative as a unique way of providing universal health coverage to Kenyans.

The ‘Mbuzi moja Afya Bora’initiative’ is a unique way to ensure that Kenyans have access to medical coverage. Each family sacrificing one goat which costs an average of Sh. 6,000 to cater for the entire family’s medical needs is a good idea, very soon we will have a consultation with the rich people for them to be paying more money to cover the vulnerable, he added.

A total of 3,500 goats were auctioned during the event with the Deputy President buying 1,400 goats worth sh 10 million.

Ruto said he had bought 700 goats for himself and 700 goats for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A total of sh. 29 million was raised during the auction with the money expected to cater for NHIF cover for 5,000 vulnerable families in Kajiado for one year.

Governor Joseph Ole Lenku affirmed that his government was committed to providing Universal Medical Coverage (UHC) to the residents especially the vulnerable.

Lenku said the County Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora initiative was worth being emulated by other Counties as it will prove to be an ingenious way of achieving the Universal Health Care pillar of the Big Four agenda being fronted by H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta.

The County’s medical scheme concept is to have families donate one goat in exchange for a one year medical cover. These goats are then auctioned and the proceeds paid to NHIF.

Those without goats can pay Sh. 4,000 in cash and the County sponsors them with Sh. 2,000. It costs Sh. 6,000 to pay for a one year medical cover for the whole family.

Kajiado County has adopted a health coverage initiative through sale of goats that will ensure needy households are safeguarded through medical insurance, each family is expected to provide one goat in exchange for one year medical cover, he said.

Governor Lenku said only 200,000 people in his county have registered for NHIF card, adding that the program will greatly help register more people especially the vulnerable ones in rural areas.

He added that 90 per cent of hospitals and health centers in the county have been accredited by NHIF.

Present at the auction were Governor Samuel Tunai (Narok), MPs, Katoo Ole Metito (Kajiado South), Ken Aramat (Narok East), Korei Lemein (Narok South), George Sunkuiya (Kajiado West), Joseph Manje (Kajiado North), Philip Mpaayei (Senator, Kajiado) and Health Principal Secretary, Peter Tum.

Source: Kenya News Agency